Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder doesn’t need to have control over your life. With effective therapy, you will be able to not only manage your anxiety disorder but you will be able to regain control over your life. Let’s take a quick look at just what generalized anxiety disorder encompasses and cover a few tips on effective management.
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A Quick Understanding

There are several key characterizations that make diagnosis possible.  For a formal diagnosis of GAD to be introduced, these symptoms must be consistent and on-going, persisting at least six months.

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[li]Constant irrational worry[/li]
[li]Over concern about every matters[/li]
[li]An inability to control the worry[/li]
[li]Mental and emotional stress that starts to take a physical toll[/li]
[li]Extreme agitation[/li]
[li]Panic attacks[/li]


Sometimes without treatment, symptoms can escalate and for some they may even start to turn to additional self-destructive behaviors as a means of trying to cope. Addiction and self-harm, for example, could become areas of further concern.

Thankfully there are several forms of treatment that can help those with generalized anxiety disorder to overcome their anxiety, their fears, and other problematic symptoms so that they can resume a life that is much more within their control.

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Treatment Options

There are several treatment options that include the use of prescription medications. It is important to discuss your unique situation with your medical mental health professional so that you can work together to find the perfect customized treatment plan for you.

There have been several studies in recent years that have demonstrated that while prescription anti-anxiety medications can prove to be very helpful in treating those who are struggling with this anxiety disorder, behavioral therapies can be a lot more beneficial for long-term sustainable treatment.

What this means for you is that working with a trained therapist, in conjunction with your other treatments, will help you to see much stronger results that will ultimately prove to be the best option for you.

It is very important to note that every person and their anxiety disorder are unique. With this in mind, your therapist will customize your treatment plan in order to ensure that you get the right kinds of therapy for your unique needs. A one-size-treats-all way of therapy is rarely an efficient way of providing quality care.

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Establishing a good relationship that includes high levels of trust between the patient and the therapist is essential

Your therapist may work closely with you in order to understand your unique thought processes, your emotions, and how these things are affecting and influencing your current behavior patterns

Your therapist will work with you in order to help identify and remove negative thought patterns. These negative thought patterns are what are causing the anxiety.  These negative thought patterns are then replaced with others that are much more workable, realistic, and above all they are much more positive

Therapists may also take the route of gradually introducing their patients to their anxieties and things that are causing their extreme anxiety.

This form of therapy is known as an exposure strategy and carries with it the idea that patients will be able to use their logical side to recognize there is no threat or danger in the things they fear

Through counselling and other beneficial therapy options, your counsellor will help you to find the best methods of treating your generalized anxiety disorder so that your life can soon return to a normalized routine.